More than four years ago I met with Penn State professor, Dr. Jon Brockopp, simply to connect and learn more about his work and experience. I was a new campus minister to the Penn State community, and Jon’s name kept coming up as someone I should get to know. At the end of our time together he casually mentioned an annual bike ride he had started years earlier, originating in State College, and ending on Capitol Hill. He explained about the ride, and the unique experience of bringing together people from different faiths to pedal their bikes as a response to climate change.
As a Christian in the Anabaptist (Mennonite) tradition, I’ve long valued living a simple life and minimizing my impact on the world’s resources. As I’ve come to understand more of climate change and the environmental challenges we are already seeing because of it, I’ve tried to learn more of what I can do
My connection to moral and ethical aspects of climate change, and my connections to PA IPL:I’ve had a long interest in the nature and environment, and remember participating in Earth Day festivities in Baltimore back in 1972. It evolved from my commitment as a Quaker in 1970, and also came from a life-long involvement in cycling beginning with a gift of a bike from
I am the pastor of the State College Presbyterian Church, a supporting congregation of PA IPL. Our church is also designated as an “Earth Care” congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). That means we are committed to being faithful stewards of God’s good creation. In worship and educational events, we regularly thank God for the